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George H.W. Bush, the president who grappled with Jewish officials publicly and privately engineered the rescue of Jews

WASHINGTON (JTA) – George H. W. Bush, the one-term president whose public grappling with Jewish leaders made headlines while his private interventions helped bring tens of thousands of Jews out of danger, has died.

Bush, 94, died Friday at his home in Houston, his family said, less than a year after...
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Michael Tilson Thomas conducts ‘From the Diary of Anne Frank’ in S.F.

By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

Almost three decades ago, Michael Tilson Thomas, the famous conductor, pianist and composer, approached United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) ambassador and film icon Audrey Hepburn about a special project intended to honor her.

Hepburn, who was noted as the most visible...
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Gates of Prayer installs Rabbi David Gerber

By A.K. BRUNINI, Exclusive to the CCJN

In praising his successor, Congregation Gates of Prayer’s Emeritus Rabbi Robert Loewy cited nothing short of divine intervention being responsible for the arrival of Rabbi David Gerber, whom he installed publicly last Friday, November 16, in the Metairie synagogue’s...
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JCDS honors Sharon Pollin at ‘Butterfly Ball’ gala

By NICHOLAS HAMBURGER, Exclusive to the CCJN

The Jewish Community Day School (JCDS) marked its 23rd anniversary by honoring outgoing head of school Sharon Pollin for her accomplishments during the past six years. The gala, entitled the “Butterfly Ball,” was held Sunday, November 18, in the gymnasium of the Goldring-Woldenberg...
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Two major Metairie events this weekend for Gates of Prayer, JCDS

Two major events in the New Orleans Jewish world happen this weekend: the installation of Rabbi David Gerber at Congregation Gates of Prayer and the celebration of Sharon Pollin as the head of school at the Jewish Community Day School gala on Sunday evening.

The installation of Rabbi Gerber gets...
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Eva Schloss talk at JCC is largest indoor Jewish event

By ALAN SMASON, Special to the CCJN

An evening with Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss drew a record crowd for a Jewish indoor event on Tuesday, November 6, at the Uptown Jewish Community Center.

Sponsored by Chabad-Lubavitch of Louisiana, the event drew more than 600 persons, so many that some had...
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National results in races of interest to Jewish America

(JTA) — Democrats took control of the House of Representatives in the midterm elections held Tuesday, with Jewish Congress members poised to take key leadership roles. Republicans looked to increase their majority in the Senate.

Five Jewish Democrats are set to chair key House committees, including three representatives from New...
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Officers elected, Pittsburgh victims mourned at 105th Annual Federation Meeting

By DEAN M. SHAPIRO, Special to the CCJN

With the tragedy at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue hate crime still fresh in people’s minds, the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans and the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana (JEF) went on with their 105th annual meeting at the Uptown Jewish...
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Community vigil draws hundreds to stand against hate

By ALAN SMASON, Special to the CCJN

Hundreds of members of the Jewish community and friends from the outside community at large assembled at Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation on Sunday evening, October 28,  to hear rabbis and elected officials speak out against the tragic shooting in Pittsburgh on Saturday.

The...
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UPDATE: 11 dead, 6 others injured in Pittsburgh synagogue shooting

By ALAN SMASON

In the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in U.S. history, a gunman killed 11 people and injured six others, two critically, at a Pittsburgh synagogue Saturday morning. Of the six injured, four were police officers and SWAT members who had responded to the shooting. None of...
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